The NBC station in Connecticut will not broadcast Megyn Kelly’s controversial interview with Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who claims the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School didn't happen, according to EW.com.
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A firestorm erupted in Connecticut and across the nation over the interview, which is to be broadcast on "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" at 7 p.m. Families of Sandy Hook victims have been calling on NBC all week to cancel the interview.
EW.com said it obtained an internal memo outlining the reasons why Hartford-based WVIT-TV is pulling the episode.
"Pain resurfaces for our community, our viewers and ... our colleagues" when there is news about the Newtown massacre, in which 20 first-graders and six teachers died on Dec. 14, 2012, the memo said.
Saying that "wounds of that day that have yet to heal" and "are understandably still so raw," the station said it decided to not air this week’s episode of "Megyn Kelly."
It will be available to viewers on Monday at NBCNews.com.
Earlier this week, Nicole Hockley, a Sandy Hook parent, sent a letter to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack requesting that the interview not be broadcast.
Hockley is co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, a Newtown-based gun violence prevention organization. The group also fired Kelly as the emcee for its annual Promise Champions Gala, which was held Wednesday in Washington.
"That Jones could posit that what happened in Newtown was a hoax is beyond reprehensible; it is indefensible. It dishonors the lives of the 20 children and six adults who died on Dec. 14, 2012. The exposure that Jones will receive as a result of the broadcast will enrich him further and invigorate him and his supporters," Hockley said.
Some of the hoaxers become dangerous, harassing families of victims, and sending hate mail and death threats, she said.
Since the firestorm erupted, Kelly has "completely overhauled" the Jones interview, Page Six reported. Kelly reached out to Sandy Hook families to appear on the show to describe how Jones' beliefs have caused them "immense pain," Page Six said.
Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old victim Jesse Lewis, has agreed to be interviewed for the show, Page Six said.
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